Ultimate Pizza Styles Taste Test

– Today's dish runneth deep – Let's talk about that

(funky electronic music) (fire crackles) Good Mythical Morning – Pizza is everybody's yes food Sure, you got your gluten intolerance but with gluten-free crust, even they can say yes You got your lactose intolerance, but with cashew cheese, they say yes You got your tomato intolerance but with white pizza, they too say yes, and you have those people who think it's unique and hip to hate something everybody else loves, but it's not! And pizza is the greatest, and you will say yes! Say yes to pizza! It's everybody's yes food

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– Okay let's determine once and for all which pizza style is the best pizza style It's time for– ♪ When we go tasting piles of ♪ ♪ Different pizza styles ♪ ♪ That's this episode ♪ – Sponsored by Skillshare Okay we're gonna be pitting eight pizza styles against each other in a head to head tournament We're gonna taste two slices, then send our favorite one to the next round And we like toppings a lot but we're keeping these to just cheese in order to focus on the style

– Now we're defining a pizza style as the way it's constructed, baked, or eaten, so not based on the toppings – Mm-hm – Let's eat some freakin' pizza (Italian music) – Up first we got the battle of the Italian styles and we know that there are other styles that are popular in Italy but we went with these two because they're the most popular here in the US

We got Neapolitan versus Sicilian – Mm-hm – So we got this Neapolitan from DeSano in Los Angeles Typically this is your more personal pizza, like a 10 inch diameter, very thin dough that has lots of gluten for a high chew factor Made in a wood burning oven and it has a puffy in crust called a cornicione

– Cornicione Dink it This is a good morning Oh yeah, it's chewy in a great way – It's not crunchy

– Nope, it's floppy I don't dislike a flop – No, that's good – All right and the Sicilian came from Tomato Pie here in Los Angeles As you can see it's rectangular

Grab that one, Rhett Usually served with a thick crust and often heavy in garlic Let's dink her, sink her – I don't have a bias for or against thin versus thick I'm gonna say that coming in

But in tasting these side by side, the bread is doing too much of the work The bread's doing too much of the heavy lifting in this particular slice because it's not like there's a whole lot of stuff on top of the thick crust – Yeah I agree I am a little biased towards a thicker crust when there's also a lot of cheese and a lot of other stuff – Right

The balance is off – I'm surprising myself with, I don't know, just like you said, the balance is pretty great here – This one's pretty easy for me – Neapolitan is my vote – Okay so we are sending the Neapolitan on to the next round

– Mm-hm! (Italian music) Now we got the battle of the tri-state area, baby! (chuckles) Sorry New Yorkers are– – Don't apologize – Very, very serious about their pizza, so we're gonna see if the world renowned New York style is really all it's cracked up to be against the much more regional neighbor New Haven style – Okay we got this New York style from Vito's in Hollywood Again, it's large, thin, hand-tossed crust

A lot of people think that it has something to do with the New York water which encourages the minerals, encouraged gluten development This is LA water It's all we could get And this is the one that is usually folded in half by respectable people who are eating it – Mm! I can just clobber it, man

Just fold it and just clobber it (grunts) – I'm a little nervous about how much I'm going to eat if I don't pace myself – So it's up against the New Haven pizza which we got from URBN Pizza in San Diego It's very crisp, thin crust Somewhere between New York and Neapolitan

It's cooked in a coal oven which is different and interesting – That's the thinnest pizza I've ever seen – Yeah This is like a hor d'oeuvre – Yeah it's something they would bring around on a tray at a fancy party

And of course, I would eat the entire tray – But you'd still be hungry 'cause it's, it's kinda skimpy – The taste is very good but it does not compete with this – No it doesn't – Speaking of balance, I mean, the cheese ratio to the crust, I gotta eat some more

– Mm-hm – Yeah – While he keeps eating, all of it probably, New York moves on – Yes (Italian music) Okay now we got the battle of the Chicago styles

Everybody knows about deep dish, but there's a style much less talked about, Chicago thin crust – Mm-hm – Let's start with the deep dish This is from Taste Chicago here in LA It's a buttery, thick crust that often contains corn meal

And then this is something I didn't know, they use sliced cheese instead of shredded cheese so you get a lot more concentrated cheese, and usually eaten with a knife and fork so we will follow suit – Mm, oh it's a mouthful of goodness, man When you get this, you never think to yourself, am I getting my money's worth? 'Cause I mean it has a lot of stuff in here – A slice'll do ya – Dense is the word all the way around

– We're so dense – For the Chicago thin crust, we got this from Rance's You've got a center cut piece but mine has the crust on it which demonstrates that there's not– (silverware clanging) Whoa! – Sorry I'm so excited about pizza! – Pizza! Yes! But the crust is very minimal which is a great concept Toppings go almost all the way to the edge – Now it just kinda tastes like New York pizza

– I'd say there's more emphasis on the cheese – [Rhett] I'm about to eat the whole thing – [Link] Than the sauce – Almost no sauce – So I disagree

It's much more cheese forward – It's almost like a flatbread, you know what I'm saying, just a cheesy flatbread – This is difficult I mean one of the greatest culinary experiences I had was the first time I had deep dish pizza in Chicago – I feel like all of Chicago would come and knock down our door if we did not push thick crust through

– Well they'd blow the house down with the wind and all – Ah, yes, okay so you agree with me? We're sending the deep through? – This is great But this is iconic (Italian music) And now we got the battle of the non-Chicago Midwest pizzas Detroit versus St

Louis But now before you comment about it, we didn't include any pizza styles west of St Louis because they're mostly just variations on the eight styles that we are testing Don't @ us! – Right Okay starting with Detroit, which is new to me, never had it

This is from Padrino's in Sherman Oaks Sherman Oaks is home to celebrities like Chase Hilt – Oh – This has got extra thick crust with a crispy bottom Sometimes double baked and then we've got extra cheese baked onto the crust

– My goodness – So they put shredded cheese on top of that So I'm gonna get one with crust– – Dink it – And one without – Yeah so it's got that deep dishness

Man that's a good crust – A little light on the sauce – [Link] Mm-hm – But a lot of stuff is working – But a lot of types of cheese and deep dishness

All right so from St Louis we have what appears to be like a Chicago thin crust but uh uh uh! It's more crackery This is an unleavened crust, no yeast Oh yeah, that's taut under there There's a special cheese that they got here called provel which is a mix of provolone– – Is that provel? – Swiss, and white cheddar

– Ah, yes – [Link] Does the cheese taste different to you? – A little sharper But I hate to say this It almost has like a frozen pizza taste to it There's something about the flavor profile that just hit me that made me think I just put this, I just took it out of a box in my freezer

– That's harsh, man – I'm sorry – I actually think it's good I think the cheese is interesting – Oh it's good

I eat pizza out of the freezer all the time – Again, there's not much to it It's very thin, it's hor d'oeuvre-ish You know you're gonna eat a whole pizza here in no time flat or you're just gonna be hoping for more – Come back to this

Get on the Detroit train with me What do they call the train in Detroit? – [Crew Member] People mover – The people mover – Get on the people mover! Detroit, going through? – Mm-hm (Italian music) – All right we've got Neapolitan versus New York style

– New York style – Okay so – Go back in with the Neo – This is gonna be tough because, oh, 'cause I can't even get it in my mouth – I would just call that refined

You know it is what it is and it's very good for what it is – And I know that this is a traditional style The thing I love about Sicilian, I mean Neapolitan usually is all the stuff that they put on it in that oven and it gets kinda creative But that's not what I'm judging, I'm judging the style And I like it

It's got a lot going for it But New York – New York You fold it over, I mean, people are opinionated about every aspect of it It's the water, it's how you fold it

It's the size, it's everything – It tastes really good – Mm-hm – It tastes so good – People travel from the far corners of the world to New York City and what do they have to do? They gotta eat this pizza

– There's something about, not just the construction, but the size This is a perfect size of pizza to just take and be like, get back on your Bird scooter What do they have? What do they have, your city bike Get on your city bike and One hand as you go around that dirty city (Link sighs) So we're sending New York on? – I'm saying it's not easy but yes, I'm saying New York moves forward (Italian music) Detroit deep versus Chicago deep – I know you're supposed to use a fork, but I'm in the mood

– Oh, that's amazing – Sauce is on top I know you said that before but it's a little weird but good – I had a version of that Chicago deep dish It had a whole big circle of sausage underneath it

– Lou Malnati's – There wasn't a moment that didn't have sausage That was a dream But this is a revelation to me – The cheese on top of the crust, okay, here's the thing

These are both great pizzas They're both deep dish, they have a lot going for 'em Link's eating both of them at the same time, trying to get some sort of knowledge But you know what, Detroit has been through a really rough time (crew laughs) It's been a tough time for that city

– Is that what you're gonna do? – The auto industry just abandoned them And they're sitting up there, there's whole blocks just completely abandoned, stray dogs running around – But the pizza's awesome – Detroit is rising from its ashes Like a phoenix, not phoenix, that's Arizona

Like Detroit! This pizza is thick and hearty and topped with an unexpected layer of cheese on the crust – So we're going with Chicago deep dish pizza – No! We are sending Detroit through in my opinion It's better, it just tastes better It's a revelation to me

It's new, it's different I like it – And it's crunchy on the ends (both chuckle) Yeah, Detroit! (Italian music) So for the championship of pizza styles, we have New York versus Detroit Who knew? I didn't

Didn't fold it over that time – It's still good – Mm-hm – But Detroit – Any time of day or night

– Look at that cheese – Grab yourself a slice – Look at that, just look at that hanging on Okay, let me tell ya, I learned a second thing about Detroit pizza just a second ago And that is, the pans that they use in order to get that crispy crust are actually called Detroit blue steel pizza pans

– Blue steel? – They used to use in the auto industry to hold like nus and bolts and stuff like that – That makes it taste great – It does! It's a story, there's a history Think about those hard-working people sitting there They got the nuts in a pan and then they're like, I'm gonna go eat out of this pan that nuts have been in all day

– But they're not dirty pans They're clean, unused versions – It's the same material – Well the thing that I find out, I'm told that Detroit style is the style that is used at Little Caesars (crew chuckling) So I'm voting for New York

– Why'd you have to go and do that to me? – What's your vote? We gonna have to duke it out or you with me? Pizza pizza – So you're, oh gosh, oh gosh Don't do that to me Seriously, Little Caesars is Detroit style? – Yeah – The man from Michigan just confirmed that

Okay New York wins (laughs) – Congratulations, New York! But Detroit, hey you got some good pizza And we're coming for ya – Okay thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring today's episode Get a free two month trial to take unlimited online classes, connect with peers and discover new opportunities

Go to Skillsharecom/GMM for that – Thank you for liking, commenting and subscribing – You know what time it is – Hi I'm Justin

– I'm Austin – I'm Ethan – Jonathan – Alex – And we're from Omaha, Nebraska and it's– – [Together] Time to spin the Wheel of Mythicality

– They didn't even try to catch it – (chuckles) Yeah, I thought they were gonna come back down into their hands but no Click the top link to watch us taste the crew's favorite pizzas in Good Mythical More – And to find out where the Wheel of Mythicality's gonna land – [Rhett] Sick stickers, brah

Where'd you get 'em? – [Link] Mythicalstore, brah – [Rhett] So sick, brah – [Link] Totally, brah I just put 'em all over my board, brah

– [Rhett] So sick, brah – [Link] Yah

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